Wimbledon Day 4 preview: Nadal and Americans take Centre Court
LONDON – Wimbledon Day 4 features Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Americans on Centre Court and more. Play begins at 7 a.m. ET on ESPN. The full television and broadcast schedule can be found here. Full order of play for Tuesday can be found here.
Dustin Brown gets a stage against Rafael Nadal: The flashy German with a stylish grass court game has beaten Nadal on the surface before. That win came last year in Halle. Brown, a qualifier ranked No. 102, now gets a chance to show the world what he can do on Centre Court against the Spaniard (third match). If you love Gael Monfils' athleticism, just wait until you see Brown. What he lacks in baseline firepower he makes up for in his net instincts.
Americans on Centre Court: 2013 finalist Sabine Lisicki, seeded No. 18, opens play on Centre Court against American Christina McHale. Roger Federer, who looked sharp in his first round win, follows that match and plays Sam Querrey. Federer has won both their previous matches without losing a set.
Madison Keys has a quick turnaround: The 20-year-old American will play for her third straight day after her first round match was suspended for light on Tuesday and completed on Wednesday. She plays Elizaveta Kulichkova (second match, Court 8), a talented 19-year-old ranked No. 109. Kulichkova won the Australian Open junior title in 2014. This is a big opportunity for Keys. Her section of the draw got lighter after Eugenie Bouchard's first round loss—the two were projected to meet in the third round.
Angelique Kerber faces the always dangerous Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Drawing the big-hitting Russian early is never a good draw (first match, Court 18). The two have split their six prior meetings. Though Kerber is the more in-form player, Pavlyuchenkova saved two match points in her first round to win. If the Russian finds her rhythm off the ground this could be a good battle.
All French showdown between Gael Monfils and Adrian Mannarino: Mannarino never backed up his fourth round run at Wimbledon in 2013 and Monfils is the overwhelming favorite to win this match (third match, No. 3 Court). But we're highlighting it so we can post this tweet:
A contrast in styles: No. 23 seed Ivo Karlovic and his serve and volley game will stand in stark contrast to Alexandr Dolgopolov's acrobatic style. They've split their two meetings but this is the first one on grass, which should give Karlovic the edge.
18-year-old Borna Coric looks for another veteran scalp: The young Croat earned a strong five-set win over Sergiy Stakhovsky in the first round, overcoming leg cramps to win 9-7 in the fifth. Can his body recover in time to take on No. 25 Andreas Seppi? He's doing everything he can:
Upset alert: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs. No. 20 Garbine Muguruza. The Spaniard is still learning how to adapt her game to grass, while the Croatian veteran knows these courts well. She made the semifinals in 1999.